The drama of a 60-hole no-ball, two-win season

Park wins Queen’s Crown in 18-under
Moved into first place on the money list
Missed out on winning her first 4R title

Park Ji-young (second from right) is doused in congratulations by her teammates after winning the Korean Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour’s EverCollagen-Dusiena Queen’s Crown at Dusiena Country Club (Par 72) in Jeju, Jeju Island, South Korea, on Saturday. With her sixth win since making her tour debut in 2015, Park recorded her first multi-win season (2). Courtesy of the KLPGA

Park Ji-young, 27, picked up her second win of the season in the final event of the first half of the Korean Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour season to move into the lead in the money and points standings.

Park carded three birdies and a bogey for a two-stroke total of 18-under 270 in the final four rounds of the KLPGA Tour’s EverCollagen-Dusiena Queens Crown (800 million won) at the par-72 Dusiena Country Club in Jeju, Jeju Province, on Saturday. Park won by two strokes over runner-up Lee Seung-yeon (25) to take home the first-place prize of 144 million won. It was her second victory of the season, seven months after winning the 2023 season opener at the Hana Financial Group Singapore Women’s Open in December. It is her sixth career Tour victory. It is the first time Park has won more than two titles in a season since making her Tour debut in 2015.

Park smiles as she wears the pink jacket, crown and sceptre awarded to the winner of the EverCollagen-Dersea Queen’s Crown. Courtesy of the KLPGA

With the win, Park becomes the second multiple winner of the season after Minjee Park, 25, who topped the leaderboard at the Celltrion Queens Masters and the BC Card-Hankyung Ladies Cup last month. She also jumped to the top of the money list (KRW 634.56 million) and the points list (326). Prior to this tournament, Park was second in prize money and third in points. She lowered her stroke average from 70.47 to 70.19 to remain at the top of the leaderboard.

After taking the lead in the second round, Park pulled away from the field in the third round with seven birdies to shoot 7-under par. She continued her steady play in the fourth round, which was played in heavy rain. She birdied the par-5 fourth and sixth holes to extend her lead to five strokes at one point. She made her first and only bogey of the tournament on the seventh (par-4). With water on the green, she followed up her birdie putt with a par putt, narrowly missing out on a chance to become the first player to win a 72-hole stroke play event in the fourth round of a tour event.

Park said, “I’ve been on the Tour for nine years and this is my first multi-win season. I’m still a little bit in disbelief. There are a lot of big tournaments in the second half of the year, and there are still a lot of tournaments left, so I want to add to my wins.” Park, who has yet to win a major, also revealed her goals for the third major of the season, the Hanwha Classic, which begins next month on April 24.

She also talked about her dreams of playing on the Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour. “I’ve wanted to play on the U.S. Tour since I was a kid,” Park said. But the requirement is to win double-digit victories in Korea. I want to do my best and add four more wins as soon as possible to challenge the U.S.,” Park said.

Meanwhile, Lee, who was looking for her second career victory after winning the Nexen-St. Nine Masters in April 2019, had to settle for a share of second place thanks to a birdie on the final 18th (par-4). It was her first top-five finish in 17 events this season.

Following the conclusion of the first half of competition, 스포츠토토 the KLPGA Tour will take a two-week break before resuming its schedule next month with the Jeju Samdasu Masters, which begins on March 3 at Blackstone Jeju in Jeju, South Korea.

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